Jaguars tight Marcedes Lewis gets it. He understands why the Jaguars placed the franchise tag on him and why it was difficult to work out a long term before the lockout.
That doesn’t mean Lewis is thrilled with the arrangement.
“It’s a catch-22, man. I want a long-term contract, and I know Jacksonville wants me there. I love playing in Jacksonville and who I work with there. But at the same time, who wants to play under a one-year contract? That’s not cool,” Lewis told Eric Edholm of Pro Football Weekly.
So could Lewis hold out until he gets a new contract? Lewis wasn’t biting on that question.
“Jacksonville knows what (it) has in me and what kind of guy I am, my character,” he said. “They know I am going to give it every day. In the meantime, I just work hard and keep a smile on my face.”
Lewis’ status raises a relevant point about veterans who want a contract extension. When the lockout ends, front offices are going to be wildly busy with free agent contracts, rookie contract, releases, and possible trades.
Guys like Lewis may have to remain very patient for the smoke to clear before their situations are addressed.